Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

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In a night of rioting, Daniel and his mother are forced to leave their apartment for the safety of a shelter. “Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.”--The Bulletin

About Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York. Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner "Walk Two Moons" and the Newbery Honor Book "The Wanderer". Her other work includes the novels "The Unfinished Angel", "Hate That Cat", "The Castle Corona", "Replay", "Heartbeat", "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup", "Ruby Holler", "Love That Dog", "Bloomability", "Absolutely Normal Chaos", "Chasing Redbird", and "Pleasing the Ghost", as well as three picture books: "A Fine, Fine School"; "Fishing in the Air"; and "Who's That Baby?" Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.
Published April 1, 1999 by Perfection Learning. 36 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story is rounded out with a touch of reconciliation: Mama has't patronized Kim's market ("'s better if we buy from our own people") but, after Daniel's cat and Mrs. Kims' make friends at the shelter, the people realize that they, too, could be friendly.

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In a starred review of this 1995 Caldecott winner, PW praised the ""thought-provoking"" and ""thoroughly believable"" text, about urban violence, and the ""dazzling"" mixed-media collages.

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Although they're neighbors, Daniel's cat and Mrs. Kim's cat don't get along.

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With over 250 books by Eve Bunting we can count on years and years of books to share.

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A Patchwork of Books

She teaches writing workshops to aspiring authors and is co-founder of Ever After Studio, a children’s book production company and the creative director of Paper Hat Press, a company that creates customizable children’s book and keepsakes.

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